About Librarian Courses

Librarian courses are usually done by candidates willing to do the job of a librarian in schools, colleges as well as libraries. It is an interdisciplinary course – a result of Information Science and Library Science. A librarian’s job includes not only maintaining discipline in the library but look into the organization, arrangement, preservation, collection, shelving, and categorization of books, articles, texts, journals, newspapers, listicles and the like. A librarian is responsible for the proper upkeep of the library so that one can navigate through books and other necessary articles/ listicles with ease.

Course

Librarian courses are available in the form of Certificate (Certificate in Library Science or in Library and Information), Bachelor (Bachelor of Library Science or Library Information) and Diploma (Diploma in Library Science or Library Information) courses. There are a few Advanced Courses (Master’s of Library Science, Master’s of Library and Information Science, M.Phil in Library and Information Science and Ph.D. in Library and Information Science) available as well.

The syllabus of the Librarian course is as follows –

  • Library Organisation and Management – Concept of a library, Types of Library, Selection, Ordering and Assimilation, Rules to be followed in a Library, Verification, and Entry
  • Library catalog (practical study class) – Students will be expected to arrange books according to catalog codes which will be provided
  • Information Sources and Services – Gathering of Primary, Secondary and Tertiary information, Study of Reference Books, Computerization and Networking
  • Library Classification and Cataloguing (theory class) – Purpose and Needs for Classification, Dewey Classification Method, Purpose of Cataloguing and Entry, Entering References
  • Library Classification (practice class) – Classification of books according to the Dewey Classification Method and Colon Classification
  • Information Technology (theory class) – Evolution and Fundamentals of Computers and its uses, Library Automation and Browsing of the Internet
  • Information Technology (lab) – Similar to a regular theory paper

Top colleges which offer a certificate course in Library Sciences are –

  • Vivekananda College, Madurai
  • Nalanda Open University, Delhi
  • Manipal School of Management, Manipal
  • Annex College of Management Studies, West Bengal
  • Vinayaka Institute of Management and Technology, Delhi

Duration

The certificate course usually runs for 6 months to 1 year. The Bachelor’s programme is a full-fledged 3-year undergraduate course whereas the Diploma can range from 1 month to 3 months. The Master’s programme is a 2-year postgraduate degree.

Admission Procedure

The admission procedure is usually different for different colleges who offer the course (Certificate, Diploma, Bachelor’s and Master’s). However, the common factor to all colleges is that candidates must have passed their senior secondary examination (10+2) with any stream – Arts, Science or Commerce. Admission is usually given on the basis of merit either in an entrance test or through marks secured in the last qualifying examination.

Eligibility

The only eligibility requirements necessary for candidates to apply to the Library Sciences course is to have passed in their 10+2 through any stream and from a recognized state, central or international board.

Examination

The examinations are usually conducted in the end semester and cover the course matter which has been studied throughout the span of the course. It is a pen and paper examination and will test the candidate’s subject knowledge as has been studied. There will also be a practical examination to see the candidate’s cataloging abilities and entering references.

Jobs and Career Opportunities

Jobs which are available to a candidate with a Library Sciences degree are –

  • Librarian
  • Information Assistant
  • Deputy Librarian
  • Junior Information Analyst
  • Library Attendant
  • Library Assistant
  • Semi-Professional Assistant
  • Archivist

Career opportunities for a Library Sciences student are in the following sector –

  • Public Library
  • Media Library
  • Archive Library
  • School Library
  • Preservation Library
  • Schools
  • Colleges/Universities/Education Institutes